QPR owner not enjoying relegation battle

QPR owner Tony Fernandes has admitted that he is loving his role at the London club, but is not enjoying the pressure of a relegation battle.

The Loftus Road club lost 3-2 to fellow strugglers Blackburn at the weekend and now find themselves in 16th place in the Premier League standings.

QPR have invested heavily to bring new players to the club, and Fernandes wants them to show their ability on the pitch.

“I always said from day one we would be in a relegation battle and our aim was to avoid relegation,” the entrepreneur told Mirror Football.

“Am I coping with the pressure? I’m not loving the pressure, but I’m loving the whole experience.

“I’m doing the best I can, and it’s now up to the boys on the pitch and the manager to do what they can.

“We certainly have the players and ability to avoid relegation, but the Premier League is very tough, and only time will tell,” he reflected.

Fernandes recently replaced Neil Warnock with Mark Hughes as manager, and the owner admitted that it was difficult to sack the man that earned them promotion to the top flight.

“That was the most difficult time I’ve encountered as a boss of any of my businesses.

“I liked Neil, and I thought like with any of my employees it would be a long, long, long relationship. Sadly I ended up doing the one thing I said I wouldn’t do, which is why it was tough.

“I’d rather not go into the reasons why I got rid of him. It was a decision that was made, and we’ve moved on from it,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight